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“Made By Us”: new program about industrial heritage and smart & social cities, Beijing/NL/Shenzhen

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We are happy to announce Made By Us, a new project The Mobile City is partnering in with The New Institute. Made By Us is a six-month research-by-design program investigating creative reuses of former industrial plants. The challenge is to help design smart media interventions that will

We are hiring: Embedded Researcher Smart and Social Cities

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We are looking for an ‘embedded researcher’ that will help us to develop a conceptual toolkit to add the social dimension to the debates about smart cities.

Playing against vacancy: architects and game developers create games for urban change

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About the project How can temporary playful interventions be used to engage people with the issue of vacancy? The Mobile City is a partner in the new project Rezone Playful Interventions. In this project three teams, each composed of an architect and a game designer,

“The smart city you love to hate: Exploring the role of affect in hybrid urbanism” Hybrid City 2 conference abstract

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Next week Martijn and I both attend the second Hybrid City conference “subtle rEvolutions” from 23 − 25 May in Athens, Greece. Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the

Rezone the game: playing for urban transformation

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This is an essay I recently wrote for The Bosch Architecture Initiative (BAI) and Digital Workplace (DW) about Rezone, an applied urban game they developed to address the issue of vacancy in the city of Den Bosch. In the near future we start a collaboration

Public Space & The Public Good

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Public Space & The Public Good (Publieke Ruimte Publieke Zaak in Dutch) is the title of a new research project that The Mobile City will be part of. The project is initiated by Bart Lammers, Arnold Reijndorp and Simon Franke and it investigates the relation

Eindhoven Hackable World City: speculating on future investments for the city

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A while ago we were invited by Amsterdam based architecture and planning firm One Architecture to collaborate on a research project about the possible future of urban planning and policy in the Netherlands. The project was commissioned by Deltametropool Network for Metropolitan Development. One of the outcomes

Reinventing ownership: Ruimtevolk Expo 2012 about the messy future of urban design

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Thursday 29 November 2012 the event Ruimtevolk Expedition 2012 took place. Ruimtevolk (‘spatial folk’) is a well-read Dutch online platform for spatial and urban design professionals. Venue Trouw Amsterdam, one of Amsterdam’s cultural hotspots, was packed with urban professionals, policy makers, and researchers. The event

Workshop report “How to engage citizens with the help of digital media”, Urbanism Week 2012 TU Delft

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Introduction A while back I was invited to give a talk and host a small workshop during the 2012 edition of Urbanism Week. This is a yearly event organized by Polis Platform for Urbanism, the study association for Master’s students in Urbanism in the Faculty

Workshop reports ‘Designing for Ownership’ at Strelka Institute, Moscow

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From 9 − 14 July 2012 The Mobile City (in this case Michiel de Lange in collaboration with Marc Tuters) developed and gave a six-day workshop ’Designing for Ownership’ at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. This workshop was built on the approach we developed for

The Mobile City goes Helsinki: Meet us on 21-22 July at the Dutch E-culture Days at the World Design Capital Pavilion

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On July 21 and 22, The Dutch E-culture Days will take place in the World Design Capital Pavilion in Helsinki. The Mobile City is taking part in this exciting program organized by Virtueel Platform of The Netherlands.

The Mobile City goes Moscow: 6-day workshop “Designing for Ownership” 9-14 July 2012, Strelka Institute

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The Mobile City is honored to have been invited to give a workshop at the young and very ambitious Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, Russia. The workshop is part of the Strelka Summer Program “Agents of Change“. In a series of

Txt and the city

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This is a commissioned article I wrote a few months ago for Canvas8 about the role of technologies in urban culture and its implications for brands. It is republished here with kind permission.   Txt and the city Michiel de Lange   Scope Today’s cities are

Conference & Workshop Social Cities of Tomorrow.

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 Social Cities of Tomorrow is an international conference & workshop on new media & urban design we co-organized in February 2012. Check out the conference website for extensive documentation, a wrap up, reports and videos of the event!

How to Design for ‘Ownership’ rather than for ‘Smart Cities’

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How do we design urban technologies that engage and empower ‘publics’ (groups of people) to act on communally shared issues? That is the main theme of a new study (in Dutch) launched by The Mobile City and Virtueel Platform.

Ownership in the hybrid city: themes and examples (part 2)

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A while ago our study ‘Ownership in the Hybrid City’ was published. The study, written in collaboration with Virtueel Platform, informs the event Social Cities of Tomorrow (14 − 17 Feb 2012). In the study we explore how digital media can strengthen ‘ownership’, that is,